OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN, a photo blog of Japan in the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods

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Old Photos of Japan
shows photos of Japan between the 1860s and 1930s. In 1854, Japan opened its doors to the outside world for the first time in more than 200 years. It set in motion a truly astounding transformation. As fate would have it, photography had just been invented. As the old country vanished and a new one was born, daring photographers took photos. Discover what life was like with their rare and precious photographs of old Japan.
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  • James Culbertson

    The only thing that exists now is a stone marker on the cornerstone of a …

Osaka 1909 • Shijimi River after the Fire

Shijimi River

Dojima and Sonesaki on both sides of Osaka’s Shijimi River (蜆川) were devastated by the Great Kita Fire of July 31, 1909 (Meiji 42). The river, which played an important part in Osaka culture was filled in with the rubble and forever vanished from Osaka’s town scape. For more information about this devastating fire, read Osaka 1909 • Great Kita Fire.

The Google map below is centered on Oebashi Bridge, in the middle of the disaster area.

Photographer: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Medium: Postcard
Image Number: 80201-0012

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Posted by • 2009-01-09
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The only thing that exists now is a stone marker on the cornerstone of a building that reads “shijimibashi”.

# James Culbertson · 2013-10-12








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